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Walk-through survey report of Burns-Biotec Laboratories, Omaha, Nebraska.

Authors
Elliott L; Pauker S
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 129-13, 1981 Apr; :1-24
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NIOSHTIC No.
00123602
Abstract
Control techniques, validation procedures, and work practices were examined at the Burns Biotec Laboratories (SIC-2834) in Omaha, Nebraska on November 24 and 25, 1980. The company was involved in human leukocyte interferon production utilizing recombinant DNA fermentation techniques. Six of the approximately 175 employees were assigned to the recombinant DNA project. The company maintained a formal safety and industrial hygiene program. Medical services were provided by a retained physician, on employee health service, and a Bio Safety Officer. The authors conclude that existing control measures and employee safety and health programs were generally good. They recommend an investigation of the efficiency, sensitivity, and accuracy of environmental sampling, installation of an autoclave adjacent to the fermenter room for the sterilization of contaminated production equipment and materials, the documentation and recording of employee training sessions, proper use of safety equipment, and the initiation of a medical surveillance program for DNA workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-7; Medical-research; Health-surveys; Industrial-hygiene; Control-methods
Publication Date
19810415
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1981
Identifying No.
IWS-129-13
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2834
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NE; OH
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